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Clippers: Jerome Robinson is day-to-day.
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol (elbow) is day-to-day. Kyle Anderson (ankle) is out 2-4 weeks.
Magic: Mo Bamba (foot) is out.
Pistons: Zaza Pachulia (leg) and Henry Ellenson (ankle) are day-to-day.
Raptors: OG Anunoby (personal) is out. Fred VanVleet (thigh) and CJ Miles (hip) are questionable.
Trail Blazers: Mo Harkless (knee) is out.
Today’s NBA Matchups
Orlando Magic (19-24) at Detroit Pistons (18-24)
Line: Pistons -3.5, O/U: 207
Pistons: 107 ppg, above average defense, average pace
Magic: 103 ppg, average defense, slow pace
- The Magic beat Boston and Houston on back to back nights, and they’ve gone 5-5 in their last ten.
- Terrence Ross has averaged 17 points per game in his last five, including 25 in the win over Boston.
- Detroit has won less than a quarter of their games since beating Golden State in early December.
- Blake Griffin is averaging 26, 5.5 and 5.5 in his last ten as the Pistons have gone 2-8.
Brooklyn Nets (22-23) at Houston Rockets (25-18)
Line: Rockets +5, O/U: 208
Rockets: 111 ppg, bottom-five defense, bottom five pace
Nets: 111 ppg, below average defense, slower than average pace
- James Harden scored 57 on the second night of a back to back, on a night without Eric Gordon, Chris Paul, or Clint Capela. Houston beat the Grizzlies 112-94.
- Nene Hilario started at center, but scored just 2 points in 14 minutes. Gary Clark played 26 minutes off the bench, scoring 8 points.
- The Nets beat Boston 109-102, building a lead as big as 27 in that game thanks in large part to 34 points and 7 assists from D’Angelo Russell.
Milwaukee Bucks (31-12) at Memphis Grizzlies (19-24)
Line: Bucks -8.5, O/U: 217
Bucks: 118 ppg, top five defense, top five pace
Grizzlies: 101 ppg, top ten defense, bottom five pace
- The Bucks have won eight of their last ten, while the banged-up Grizzlies have lost eight of their last ten.
- Milwaukee dismantled Miami last night 124-86. Every Buck scored, seven scored between 10 and 20, and nobody played more than 26 minutes.
- Kyle Anderson is out for a few weeks with an ankle sprain, and Marc Gasol might miss this one with an elbow injury.
- A thin frontcourt means more run for Jaren Jackson Jr., Joakim Noah, JaMychal Green, and Omri Casspi.
San Antonio Spurs (25-20) at Dallas Mavericks (20-23)
Line: Even, O/U: 218
Spurs: 112 ppg, average defense, slower than average pace
Mavericks: 110 ppg, above average defense, faster than average pace
- The Spurs were scalding hot from December into January, but they’ve lost three of their last four.
- A big reason for that is the absence of their third option Rudy Gay with a sprained wrist, but he should be good to go for this one. He’s averaged 14 points and 7 boards per game this year.
- DeMar DeRozan has hit a rough patch, averaging just 17 points on 40% shooting in his last five.
- Luka Doncic’s is averaging 25 points, 7 boards and 6 assists over his last five games, and he dropped 31 on the Spurs in a 113-108 loss earlier in the year.
Cleveland Cavaliers (9-35) at Portland Trail Blazers (26-19)
Line: Trail Blazers -13.5, O/U: 218
Trail Blazers: 111 ppg, average defense, average pace
Cavaliers: 103 ppg, worst defense in the NBA, bottom five pace
- Portland just lost two games on the road in Denver and Sacramento, but they’re 18-7 at home while Cleveland is 4-18 on the road.
- Damian Lillard scored 35 but turned it over 6 times in the loss to the Kings, and he’s shooting just 40% from the field in his last five.
- The Cavs have gone 2-13 in the last month, but beat the LeBron-less Lakers in LA on Sunday.
- Noted LeBron celebration assistant Cedi Osman had 20 points and 8 rebounds in that game.
New Orleans Pelicans (21-23) at Golden State Warriors (30-14)
Line: Warriors -7, O/U: 241
Warriors: 117 ppg, average defense, faster than average pace
Pelicans: 117 ppg, bottom-third defense, third-fastest pace
- In January, the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant is averaging 87 points, 14 assists, and 14 rebounds per game.
- Golden State blew out Denver last night to become the first team out West to 30 wins and overtake the Nuggets at the top of the standings.
- The Warriors have many things, but they don’t have anyone who can guard Anthony Davis one-on-one. AD is averaging 34 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his last ten games, and he had 46 and 16 in LA on Monday.
- The Pelicans are actually 6-4 in that stretch after some tough sledding earlier in the year.
Utah Jazz (24-21) at Los Angeles Clippers (24-19)
Line: Clippers -1.5, O/U: 224
Jazz: 108 ppg, top ten defense, slower than average pace
Clippers: 116 ppg, below average defense, top ten pace
- The Clippers have lost three straight, getting blown out in Denver and then beaten at home by the sub-.500 Pistons and Pelicans.
- The Jazz are dealing with longer term injuries to key ball-handlers Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum, but they’ve won four straight.
- Donovan Mitchell has scored 25 or more in his last six games, the first Jazz player to do that since some guy named Karl Malone. Mitchell is averaging 31 per game in his last five, shooting 47% from the floor and 48% from deep.
Toronto Raptors (33-12) at Boston Celtics (25-18)
Line: Celtics -2, O/U: 223
Celtics: 112 ppg, third-ranked defense, slower than average pace
- The Raptors have won five in a row, including a double-overtime thriller in Washington.
- Kawhi Leonard scored 41 in that one, and he’s averaging 30 points and 7 rebounds per game in his last ten.
- OG Anunoby is out for this one, and CJ Miles and Fred VanVleet are questionable.
- The Celtics just lost three straight on the road to below average teams in Miami, Orlando, and Brooklyn.
- Kyrie Irving called out his young teammates after blowing a double-digit lead in Orlando, then walked it back before missing the embarrassing loss in Brooklyn with a quad injury that he said won’t keep him from this Raptors game.